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Groups form coalition to fight charter amendment

ATLANTA — Black lawmakers, civil rights groups and several associations of educators have formed a coalition against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools.

The amendment would allow a new state body to select private operators to run taxpayer financed schools. Backed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the measure is on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The opposition coalition announced Tuesday includes associations of teachers, parents, superintendents and local school board members, along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP and other civil rights organizations.

Opponents argue the amendment is unnecessary, saying local education boards and the state board of education can already issue charters. They say the plan would steer taxpayer money to corporations that run schools for profit.

Proponents say a new path for charter schools would give parents more choices.

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motherinduluth 1 year, 6 months ago

"The opposition coalition announced Tuesday includes associations of teachers, parents, superintendents and local school board members, along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP and other civil rights organizations."

Based on past experiences, this coalition group sounds more like the "Hunger Games". I wonder who the "tributes" from each will be. Oh right, it's the children . . . silly me.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

Please refrain from posting your racist comments. We do not need them in a civilized society.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 6 months ago

Bless your heart, Know_It_ALL! I am glad to see you have created some new posters that are agreeing with your delusions. It must have been very lonely up there on your Know_it_ALL pedestal! In fact you are such a Know_It_ALL, you can actually read minds as well, because you know ALL the FACTS on every subject that has ever existed! Calling someone a racist, when they post nothing of the sort. All this venom and superiority from someone that openingly admited HERE on this very forum to Plagiarism!

Bless your heart, Holier Than Thou Know_It_ALL!

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motherinduluth 1 year, 6 months ago

Am I the racist? Please explain because I can't see how race, much less racism, factors into my comment. Who knows, maybe our superintendent and school board members will from a "civilized society" with the other groups. They just haven't shown much history of playing nice with others.

Also, are you familiar with Ivy Prep?

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

There may even be a tax payer or two in the mix there,,, Hmmm

Just remember how and who literally brought us the "Go Fish!" facility, anybody care to list where the money to build THAT came from?

Be careful, read yourself and vote. Sometimes, like TSPLOST, it’s just best to put the “project” back in the oven to cook just a bit longer.

Some may want more Charter choices.

EVERYONE wants and NEEDS to know where the funds for this firmly come from first…

Let’s not “Pass it to find out what’s in it” or the sister bills just waiting in the wings for the amendment passage.

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

Let me see if I can 'splain this to yas! Child goes to school 'A'. Funding for said child goes to school 'A'. Child decides to go to school 'B'. Funding for said child is eliminated from school 'A'. Funding for said child now goes to school 'B'. Get the picture? Please excuse my use of the letters 'A' and 'B' for the purpose of this demonstration. Oh, and I almost forgot the most important aspect of this explanation. School 'A' no longer needs the funds for said child because they don't have to teach said child any longer. Any questions?

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Sorry not quite TRY AGAIN!

Since the proponents claim NO funds will be removed from the existing schools share, so do we have a MAGICAL printing press like DC's somewhere? Or we add a another fee/tax collected for one project but routed to the gerneral fund instead?

Or will all school funding "pool" be reduced up stream in the budget somewhere?

Wish to put tab A in SLOT B?

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

we are voting YES. Like you buddy Obama says, let me be clear.We want charter schools anyway we can get them.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes. We do know tat a group don't care about children's education, they are only want everything to be privatized. What will you go after next? Will it be the private police departments or private fire departments? Anyone that bothers to check the facts will see that charters, after 20 years of existence, have proven to be less effective in educating students, in spite of the advantages given to them. From the past experience we can deduce that passing this bill will reduce the quality of education and reduce oversight of charter schools.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 6 months ago

"Anyone that bothers to check the facts"

Blah, Blah, Blah, Know_It_ALL!

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Brought to you by the same consultant fund raisers that championed the TSPLOST.

Seems the one that’s going to “win anyway they can” are the ones reaching into your wallet. STOP, THINK, Drop and Roll!

We can have charter schools, we just don’t have to bamboozled to get there!

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 6 months ago

so, if the charter schools are to be privately operated by private corporations, why do the taxpayers need to be on the hook for the cost?. Taxpayers getting soaked, but would have no recourse (voting the bums out, etc) when it is realized what the charter schools are doing. a big NO from me...

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rd12 1 year, 6 months ago

Charter schools are not private schools. They are public schools dedicated to specific areas of aptitude. Twenty years ago Dekalb county began a charter operation with a math and science school, a music and arts school and a technical skills school (auto mechanics, Information tech, etc.). Entry to the charter school required teacher recommendations, essays, good grades and an entry exam. The experiment immediately produced outstanding results. Then, members of the aforementioned group noticed the demographics were not representative of Dekalb County. Suddenly, the entry requirements were adjusted and soon charter schools were no different than any other public school.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 6 months ago

Then why are private corporations involved at all? Keep these fine schools under the perview of our elected officials so we, the footerofthebill, at least have some say. And even further, why not incorporate some of these programs in existing facilities, etc. Sorry..Charter schools are an attempt to pry education from the hands of the citizens and elected officials. Maybe in the former USSR, but not here.

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BuzzG 1 year, 6 months ago

"Black lawmakers, civil rights groups and several associations of educators have formed a coalition against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools."

Now I really am in favor of charter schools. Anything this group of malcontent miscreants is against, thinking people are in favor of.

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Yeah the same crew poped up against TSPLOST and that was rejected by what 60 to 70 percent locally?

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Petey 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey here's an idea! Why don't we fix the mess our schools are in now before we create more schools? Sounds like another shadey way to move money around.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 6 months ago

another layer of govt that renders us citizens even more impotent than we already are.

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